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May. 27, 2021

Olive Oil Tourism Returns to the Colosseum as Italy Reopens

The reopening of the Colosseum Archeological Park means that visitors can once again connect with Ancient Roman culture through olive oil production.

May. 20, 2021

Discovery of 9th Century Soap Factory in Israel Sheds Light on Ancient Trade

The olive oil soap-making facility was discovered in the southern city of Rahat, inside an affluent 9th-century house.

May. 14, 2021

As Restrictions Loosen in Italy, Farmhouses Anticipate Tourism Boom

With about one-third of olive oil sales in Italy going to the restaurant sector, the shift of tourists to the countryside is likely to impact consumption.

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May. 10, 2021

Spanish Football Federation and Ministry of Agriculture Team up to Promote MedDiet

The ministry plans to use soccer’s domestic and global popularity to promote Spanish agri-food products.

Apr. 29, 2021

Spain’s 'Sea of Olives' Among the Candidates for UNESCO Recognition

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization will vote on whether to recognize the 1.5-million-hectare olive tree forest that stretches across Andalusia.

Apr. 8, 2021

New Efforts to Promote Rare White Olive Variety in Calabria

Archaeologists are working to preserve the cultural heritage of the Leucocarpa cultivar as producers are starting to grow and transform the ivory-white fruits.

Jan. 5, 2021

Cultivating Olive Oil Culture Through the Recognition of Heritage Trees

By identifying centenary olive trees, the organizers of Sudoliva hope to promote olive oil culture in the Americas and help producers along the way.

Dec. 21, 2020

On Shores of Lake Garda, Volunteers Harvest Abandoned Trees for Charity

Volunteers in Toscolano Maderno are demonstrating the economic and social value of abandoned olive trees.

Dec. 9, 2020

Greek Painter Dedicates Athens Mural to the History of Olive Oil Production

In his latest work, Stelios Faitakib seeks to show the long and storied history of Greek olive oil production through a uniquely Greek medium.

Dec. 1, 2020

In Spain, Some See New Opportunities for Tourism in Pandemic's Wake

2020 gave outdoor activities a newfound importance. Efforts are underway to ensure that the olive oil industry is poised to capitalize on the shift.

Nov. 29, 2020

New Insights Into the World’s Oldest Bottle of Olive Oil

After a series of studies, researchers were able to confirm the content of a bottle found at an archaeological site near Mount Vesuvius was indeed olive oil. The discovery sheds light on the oil's molecular evolution over time.

Nov. 29, 2020

Nutri-Score Will Damage Olive Oil Trade, Italian Producers Argue

Trade groups fear the widespread implementation of the Nutri-Score nutrition label will dilute the messages about extra virgin olive oil’s health benefits and hurt Italian producers.

Nov. 24, 2020

Lighten Up Thanksgiving With Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Substituting butter and other fats for extra virgin olive oil is a great way to lighten your holiday menu while adding fresh flavors to the classics.

Feb. 14, 2020

Hallowed Olive Oil Helps Neighbors in Need

A community in Italy comes together to celebrate olive trees and raise funds for charity.

Feb. 4, 2020

Greece Renews Call for Parthenon Parts After Brexit

In light of Brexit, Greece will intensify efforts to return the Parthenon pediments to their original home.

Jan. 14, 2020

Pizza Giant Domino's Wants a Slice of Italian Market

The CEO of Domino's Italy believes there is still room in the traditional home of pizza for a delivery option. Traditional pizzaioli remain skeptical that the restaurant chain can increase its foothold in the market.

Jan. 13, 2020

Olive Oil Culture Award Call for Entries

Contestants have until the end of March to submit projects celebrating the history, culture and tradition surrounding olive oil production in Spain.

Dec. 4, 2019

Corsica Producer Fears Mediterranean Culture Under Threat

Producers in Corsica are at the mercy of policy measures to contain Xylella fastidiosa on the island. Some fear these new policies are damaging the island's olive-producing culture.

Nov. 5, 2019

Algerian Runner Abed El-Hachemi Wins 7th Olive Tree Marathon in Sfax

El-Hachemi finished first again with a 2:44 finish at the 2019 Marathon of the Olive Trees.

Oct. 15, 2019

Montenegro Victorious at 3rd Olive Picking Championship

Four Montenegrin olive harvesting experts delivered the small country its first World Olive Picking Championship, defeating two-time champion Croatia. Neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina finished in second place.

Sep. 23, 2019

Italian Village Provides Local Olive Oil for Student Snacks

In the southwestern village of Stella Cilento, children will enjoy an afternoon snack of bread and olive oil provided by the town, after helping with the harvest.

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